Miron Kaufman

Research Keywords 

statistical physics, environmental physics, polymers, entropy, mixing, hierarchical and fractal lattices, critical phenomena, phase transitions


B.A., Physics, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1973

M.S., Physics, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1977

Ph.D., Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1981

Brief Bio

Dr. Kaufman has joined Cleveland State University in 1985 and is full professor since 1995. From 2000 to 2012 he chaired the Physics Department. Under his leadership, the CSU physics programs have achieved national rankings. The MS in Physics program is in the "strongest professional programs" category according to the April 2005 American Institute of Physics report. In collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic, he has developed a professional MS program in Medical Physics that has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs. He has significantly strengthened the undergraduate and graduate physics programs by building a state­of­the­art computer lab, by modernizing the teaching and research laboratories, and by recruiting five faculty and a lab manager. He has updated the curriculum through new courses (e. g. Environmental Physics, Computational Physics, Statistical Physics, Modern Physics Laboratory) and through novel pedagogy that emphasizes the unity of the experimental, computational and theoretical facets of physics (e. g. laboratories and computational projects are incorporated in the lecture courses).

Dr. Kaufman's research in statistical physics covers topics in: superconductivity, magnetism, multicritical points, liquids, polymers and hierarchical and fractal lattices. Since 2007 he has been collaborating closely with Professor H. T. Diep, Université de Cergy­Pontoise, Laboratoire de Physique Théorique and Modélisation, on the statistical mechanics of solids with defects. For the last dozen of years he has also collaborated on several National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health funded research projects at the interface of statistical physics with cognitive science, health science, urban studies, and engineering. His publications were referenced 1600 times and their Hirsch index is 23. Student involvement is a common thread through all his research activities. Several of the undergraduate students who have worked with Dr. Kaufman on research projects have gone on to graduate programs, most recently to the Ph.D. physics programs at the University of California at Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University. One of the Ph.D. students that he has co­advised was awarded the Bayer Fellowship Award.

Dr. Kaufman is developing enriching materials for all his courses involving simulations using the software MathCAD that can be accessed at his website. He presented his findings on the pedagogical efficacy of using MathCAD at the first Gordon Research Conference on Physics Research and Education. He was invited to present the Environmental Physics course that he has developed at CSU at the 11'th Global Warming International Conference and at the national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Teaching Areas

University Physics

Thermal Physics

Statistical Physics

Environmental Physics

Electricity and Magnetism

Computational Physics

Many of Dr. Kaufman's classes use MathCAD Software. A collection of MathCAD files for those classes can be found here